The Unionville Chadds-Ford School District is pleased to announce that Amy Simonds from Pocopson Elementary has been selected as the District’s recipient of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award.
This award was developed by Citadel and the Chester County Intermediate Unit 19 years ago to recognize and reward, but mostly thank, the outstanding teachers in Chester County.
Parents, students, and colleagues were able to nominate teachers earlier in the school year, and Ms. Simonds received several nominations, leading to her rise to the top as Unionville-Chadds Ford’s recipient this year.
Traditionally, Citadel would visit Pocopson Elementary to present Ms. Simonds with a surprise school-wide assembly. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, an in-person celebration was not possible.
Dr. Beaver was excited to learn that Ms. Simonds was this year’s recipient of the Citadel Heart of Learning Award and shared, “I always enjoy talking with first graders in Mrs. Simonds' classroom. They can explain in great detail what they are learning and why they are learning it. They are exceedingly interested in explaining their thinking and their work. They can tell me what big event is in store for the week and what they'll be doing that afternoon. It's easy to see the pride they take in their classroom and even easier to tell that they respect and love their teacher!”
In addition to the award, Ms. Simonds received $500 that can be used to purchase supplies and other items needed for the classroom, as well as an invitation to Citadel Heart of Learning banquet. This year’s banquet will be held virtually.
One of the nominations submitted for Ms. Simonds stated, “she truly goes "above and beyond the call of duty" with her students. One example of how Ms. Simonds impressed me with her "above and beyond" performance as a teacher came during a school field trip. I was chaperoning the class on a field trip to the Unionville Community Fair when I saw her commitment to learning in action. We had toured the fair for several hours when we learned that our next event was delayed. We had a 10-minute wait ahead of us, and while many teachers would have simply "hung out" for those 10 minutes, Mrs. Simonds whipped out a storybook and read enthusiastically in the drizzling rain! The children loved the story and hung on her every word. I was so impressed with her energy, motivation, and dedication to the students!”